In his new autobiography Zayn (out today), pop star Zayn Malik writes candidly about a slew of personal problems he faced while in the band One Direction.
“I have come to terms with since leaving the band… that I was suffering from an eating disorder,” he writes.
It got quite serious, although at the time I didn’t recognize it for what it was.”
“Food was something I could control, so I did.”
“I had lost so much weight I had become ill. The workload and the pace of life on the road put together with the pressures and strains of everything going on within the band had badly affected my eating habits.”
As The Sun reports, Malik also suffered from severe bouts of anxiety:
On the morning of the 2016 Capital Radio Summertime Ball, an anxiety attack hit me like a f***ing freight train. I felt sick. I couldn’t breathe.
“The idea of it totally freaked me out and I was paralyzed with anxiety.
“This overwhelming fear just kicked in out of nowhere, bringing with it a s***storm of self-doubt.
“When my management team came over to see what was wrong, I was on total psychological lockdown. I would make a move to walk out of the house, to get into a car that would then drive me to Wembley, but I could only manage a few paces before I hit an imaginary wall. It stopped me in my tracks, and I would have to sit down again.”